an original rendering of psalm 104

1. Heaven's Your pavilion, God, and Light is Your cloak.
You are King Eternal. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Your chamber's in the firmament, Your chariot rides the clouds.
Winds and waves and flaming fire--Your Word goes forth with pow'r.

Chorus. Bless the LORD! Bless the LORD! O my soul!
As long as I have being, I will wait upon You, Lord.
I will lift my hands to worship You, I lift my eyes to wait.
Creator and Sustainer, God, You are so very great!
Bless the LORD!

2. The origin of this wide world conceived in Your wise mind.
"Let there be light!" And there was light--beginning of all time.
You formed the world from nothing, God. A word, and "it was good!"
The valleys sank, the waters ran, the mountains firmly stood.

3. A boundary--this far, no more--the waters followed course.
Submitting to Your sovereignty, they yielded to Your voice.
A gushing stream You thus provide, sustaining every beast,
And how beautiful the branches for the birds, those very least.

Chorus. Bless the LORD! Bless the LORD! O my soul!
As long as I have being, I will wait upon You, Lord.
I will lift my hands to worship You, I lift my eyes to wait.
Creator and Sustainer, God, You are so very great!
Bless the LORD!


4. From grains and greens, to oils and wine, You satisfy desires.
Give strength to work, make glad our hearts, our faces shining smile.
You give to Your beloved sleep, while lions seek their prey.
To their dens returned, the sun breaks forth--another faithful day!

Chorus. Bless the LORD! Bless the LORD! O my soul!
As long as I have being, I will wait upon You, Lord. 
I will lift my hands to worship You, I lift my eyes to wait.
Creator and Sustainer, God, You are so very great!
Bless the LORD!

5. Oh, here! the sea! Innumerable--Your creatures small and great!
Look, there! the ships! Leviathin--that beast You made to play!
How manifold Your works, O LORD! In wisdom You have placed
Ev'ry flow'r and tree, made each season be--Your greatness on display!

Chorus. Bless the LORD! Bless the LORD! O my soul!
As long as I have being, I will wait upon You, Lord. 
I will lift my hands to worship You, I lift my eyes to wait.
Creator and Sustainer, God, You are so very great!
Bless the LORD!


6. We look to You. We wait and wait. You hide Your face--dismay!
That final breath--from dust to dust--to rest our loved ones lay.
But still we look, and glory be! Your Spirit comes again!
You open up Your hands, and we so gladly gather in!

7. You satisfy our hungry hearts, Your glory fills the land.
You always work Your pleasure, Make Your power known to man.
A look--the mountains tremble, smoke. And so my heart responds:
I confess my sin, I embrace Your grace, to You my praise belongs!

Chorus. Bless the LORD! Bless the LORD! O my soul!
As long as I have being, I will wait upon You, Lord.
I will lift my hands to worship You, I lift my eyes to wait.
Creator and Sustainer, God, You are so very great!
Bless the LORD!

8. Hallelujah! for redemption. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
You are making all things new again--restoring, making whole.
Forever and forever, God, forever may it be--
that Your glory fills the earth--my heart--I lift my voice and sing!

Final Chorus. Bless the LORD! Bless the LORD! O my soul!
As long as I have being I will sing aloud Your praise!
In you, O LORD, I will rejoice! Jehovah! Elohim!
May my worship rise to Your throne on high, bringing pleasure to my King!
Bless the LORD!
Reprise. O Hallelujah! Bless the LORD! 
Forever! Forever! Forever, O LORD!
May my worship rise to Your throne on high, bringing pleasure to my King!
Bless the LORD!

2014. michelle l. grover.

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